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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While the Democratic front is mostly calm in New Hampshire's Sept. 10 primaries, it's Republicans who are battling it out for their party's nomination in the state's U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races.Two-term Republican Sen. Bob Smith faces a career-threatening challenge from U.S. Rep. John Sununu, while three would-be Republican governors vie for the endorsement of the GOP rank-and-file.Sununu leads Smith, 56 to 34 percent, according to a University of New Hampshire (UNH) poll of likely primary voters conducted Aug. 29 through Sept. 3.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite skepticism from teacher unions and other interest groups, the Bush administration is developing national teacher certification standards to encourage states to get skilled industry professionals into the teaching profession, end teacher shortages and fulfill the goals of the president's No Child Left Behind Act, which calls for reducing barriers and increasing standards for entering the teaching field.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Both major political parties are citing issue and tactical advantages that will produce Election Day victories in enough Senate races to win control of the chamber, which Democrats now enjoy by a one-vote majority.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican moderates in the Senate who scaled back the president's dividend tax cut to a mere $350 billion have been the target of presidential visits, negative advertising and interest group pressure of late. But so far, the efforts haven't made vote switchers out of George Voinovich (Ohio), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans remain hopeful that enough of the 12 or so competitive Senate races will break their way on Nov. 5, allowing them to snatch control of the chamber away from Tom Daschle and jump start President Bush's stalled legislative agenda.But the results from Election Day may end up so close that the ultimate outcome will be delayed. Both political parties could end up mounting legal challenges, reminding voters of the 36-day recount battle that followed the 2000 presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Michael Dukakis helped torpedo the presidential ambitions of Missouri Democrat Dick Gephardt back in 1988 with an infamous flip-flop attack ad. Now, it's Republicans who are blasting Gephardt, this time for his changing position on abortion.Will voters care? Or does the GOP have something else in mind?To be sure, as Gephardt's presidential ambitions have grown over the years, his views on abortion have shifted more and more in favor of legalized abortion.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CLARIFICATION: Clarifies to show that entitlement spending would increase more slowly.) (CNSNews.com) - Weeks after the Republican-led House passed legislation to create a new Medicare prescription bill, a key member of the Senate GOP leadership is sending a conflicting signal - that entitlement program spending might have to be slowed in order to deal with the mounting budget deficit.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Florida is about to restore voting privileges to some 30,000 convicted felons as part of a lawsuit settlement. Even though the last presidential election in 2000 was so close and the high percentage of black felons could become Democratic voters, the measure may not dim President Bush's chances next year or change the outcome of the next election, analysts said.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa. audience."A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," said Bush, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town, according to the president.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential rivals Howard Dean and John Kerry have both come forward with their blueprints for federally mandated mental health insurance parity, despite the fact that Americans now have unprecedented access to prescription drug treatment.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist Friday announced that the Senate will recess for the President's Day holiday instead of forcing a vote on the judicial nomination of Miguel Estrada.Speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference Friday, Frist said he will try to force a vote on the nomination of Estrada to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals after the recess is over and the Senate reconvenes.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the eve of the Florida primaries, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno is fighting for her political life. Once the overwhelming favorite to win the state's Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Reno at this point might not even make it onto the November ballot.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the war in Iraq dominating attention, votes late last week in the House and Senate set up more clashes here at home over President Bush's plan for tax relief.Democrats, who for months have criticized Bush's plan as a giveaway to wealthy workers, could not convince enough of their colleagues to prevent the House early Friday morning from passing the $2.2 trillion budget blueprint
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The closely watched Texas Senate race to succeed retiring Republican Phil Gramm hinges on minority voter turnout on Election Day and the Republican candidate's closeness to President Bush, the two candidates believe.Winning the Texas seat has become more important to Democrats in maintaining their one vote majority, especially since ethics scandals forced New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli to drop out of his race this week. Polls have shown the Texas race close, with neither candidate consistently in the lead.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In negotiations over the president's dividend tax cut, "We have lots of options on the table," GOP Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles (Okla.) said on Thursday. "I don't want to exclude any or preclude anything."The Senate Finance Committee, of which Maine's GOP holdout Olympia Snowe is a member, is in a huddle, with Republicans trying to negotiate upwards the $350 billion in tax cuts passed by the Senate this past month. The House passed $550 billion in cuts.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Polls show that most Californians think the state is headed on the wrong track and nearly half give the Democratic governor low marks on job performance. That should spell trouble for Gov. Gray Davis's hopes for a second term, but Republican Bill Simon seems headed for likely defeat, political watchers believe. Despite the fact that incumbent Democrat Gray Davis remains unpopular with his electorate, analysts say Simon ran a bad campaign.